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1.9M Tonnes of Sugar Stock Available in Pakistan

11 October 2013

PAKISTAN - A buffer stock of 1.9 million tonnes of sugar is available with local sugar mills and the Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) for domestic consumption and export wherein a healthy sugarcane output is expected this year.

According to Pakistan Observer, National Sugarcane Coordinator Sohail Khan said that sugar mills will begin sugarcane crushing from next month (November) to produce sugar for fulfilling domestic requirements as well as to export.

The millers are legally bound to start sugarcane crushing by the start of November to produce sugar and help the growers prepare their land for the next sowing of wheat crop across the country, he added.

He said so far the millers have not started any activity for sugarcane crushing as both growers and millers were using delaying tactics to get better prices of their products. There are 80 sugar mills across the country some of these plants are dis-functional where as other plants are producing sugar at their optimal level, he added.

The Punjab province has 46 sugar mills, Sindh has 26 mills where as 8 sugar mills are operational in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to fulfil the domestic requirements in the country, he said.

Mr Khan said healthy sugarcane yield of over 62 million tonnes and 5 million tonnes sugar production was expected this year because of favourable weather conditions through out the crop season and commodity price in the country.

He said sugarcane output was recorded at 62.7 million tonnes and sugar production of 5 million tonnes during last year as against the domestic requirements of 4.2 million tonens.

He said domestic per capita sugar consumption was decreased and average consumption was recorded at 21 kilogrammes sugar per annum.

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